Coram is a children’s charity which draws upon a distinguished history and reputation for contemporary practice in creating better chances for children. With some 250 staff, a distinctive headquarters near King’s Cross and service delivery teams across England, Coram strives to be a credible, respectful, professional, dynamic and committed organisation where these values infuse all that we do to promote the welfare and rights of children.
Part of the Coram group, Coram Children's Legal Centre (CCLC) is the UK's leading children's legal charity. We are committed to promoting children's rights in the UK and worldwide within the context of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the European Convention on Human Rights. We provide free legal information, advice and representation to children, young people, families and carers. We support, advise and train professionals who work with children and undertake consultancy on child law and children’s rights.
The Migrant Children’s Project at CCLC aims to realise the rights of children and young people who are affected by UK immigration control. We provide immigration and nationality legal advice to children, young people and families. We offer an email advice line, online legal information and training. We seek to change law and policy to better accord with children and young people’s rights.
This role involves the provision of one-off immigration and nationality law advice and follow-up work to children, young people and families. This role is part of an outreach immigration legal advice team, which seeks to get immigration legal advice to those who would otherwise be unable to access it, funded by several grants including from the National Lottery Community Fund. Coram Children’s Legal Centre works closely with partner organisations in communities and through these partnerships we deliver a dedicated outreach legal advice service with regular outreach sessions, after which we do some follow-up work to help children, young people and families’ cases progress. We currently do outreach at partner organisations including Hackney Migrant Centre, Haringey Migrant Support Centre, Young Roots and two primary schools. In addition, we do advice work supporting applicants to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, as one of the organisations grant funded by the Home Office, with a focus on children who are in care and young people who are leaving care.
Work involves advising on relevant aspects of immigration and nationality law, including the EU Settlement Scheme. It involves undertaking follow-up work, including making applications for exceptional case funding and referrals to legal aid Solicitors and other services as appropriate. It is an outreach legal advice rather than casework role, but there is scope to support applications to the EU Settlement Scheme. Advice is holistic so also covers immigration-related issues and signposting relating to access to services, community care, education, healthcare, child maintenance etc. The Solicitor/Adviser will work closely with staff and volunteers at partner organisations/services who provide practical advice and support to those we advise.
The role would suit an immigration lawyer who would like to do something different to legal aid/private casework, delivering grant-funded legal advice in a highly dedicated and friendly team. The role offers the opportunity to gain considerable frontline experience advising children, young people and families across a range of legal issues including nationality, long residence, family migration, asylum, family reunion, trafficking and the rights of EEA nationals and family members. The purpose of the role is to help disadvantaged children, young people and families understand their position and legal rights and support them to take steps to realise their rights. You would be part of a team that seeks to use this frontline experience to win improvements in practice and in law and policy.
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Please note CVs will not be accepted as we only accept completed application forms.
Closing date for applications: 23:59, Monday 26th October 2020
Interviews: Thursday 29th October 2020
Coram Children’s Legal Centre is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. We are committed to the safeguarding of children and will require the successful applicant to undertake an enhanced check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
Contract: Fixed term 12 months, Full time (Part-Time and flexible arrangements will be considered)